Winter Car Control School – Advanced Driver Training on Snow & Ice
This course is designed for ALL drivers and will take you well beyond the defensive driver training that other courses offer to the highest level of safe driving – Pro-Active Driving.
Very few defensive driver training courses will take you onto real ice and snow so you can experience and learn what to do in limited traction conditions, in your own vehicle. It is not safe to learn by trial and error on real roads with real traffic. Winter driving involves unique techniques to deal with unique driving conditions. Don’t leave your winter driving education to trial and error with lives at stake.
Your instructors all have experience with ice racing, the most demanding sport for car control while on ice. Your Chief Instructor is a past Ontario Ice Racing Champion with experience in front wheel, rear wheel and all wheel drive. Ice racing demands the ultimate in vehicle control in limited traction conditions and it is these techniques of maintaining control on ice that we will pass on to you.
This full day course (8:30 am to 4:30 pm) consists of easy going morning classroom sessions followed by an afternoon of driving exercises designed to allow each student to put into practice new information gleaned from the classroom.
The Classroom Session will dispel many myths and misconceptions regarding winter driving technique as well as vehicle knowledge, the best tires for you and maintenance. Utilizing our unique Pro-Active Driving methodology we will explore the correct way to use all the controls, mirror positioning, vision training, processing information, and driver psychology. We’ll teach you the secrets to prepare for winter driving and how to read road conditions. You will learn not only how to avoid skids, but also how to recover from a skid – in your own vehicle. We’ll also explain ABS brakes, Automatic traction Control, emergency braking, tire grip limits, skid recovery and much more in these friendly classroom sessions.
The Driving Exercises are all designed to help you learn how to control your vehicle and to understand how it will react in emergency situations while developing new and important life saving driving skills. You will experience our Skid Pad, Slalom, Emergency Braking, Collision Avoidance and Emergency Lane Change driving exercises all with one of our highly experienced instructors sitting with you to guide you and give you instant feedback.
The driving exercises are all done in your own vehicle so you can experience exactly how your personal vehicle will react on ice and snow. Different vehicles all react differently to driver inputs. If you drive a front wheel drive vehicle you will gain the most by learning in that same front wheel drive vehicle.
You will learn to maintain or regain control of your vehicle while driving on real ice and snow.
NOTE: All driving exercises are done on solid ground – not a lake – in Minden, Ontario.